Both The Holy Innocents' Church Gt Barton and St Peter's Church Thurston have joined The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS). Each year it costs more to ensure that our Churches can remain open to everyone, when needed. In order to do this with declining congregations, we hope you will consider joining the PGS and give a regular amount to support your Church. If you would like more information on how you can join this scheme please contact our Parish Giving Scheme co-ordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org or the PGS website: Parish Giving Scheme
Please note that we have changed the August Service Rota, on 25th August. Our 10.30am service is now a Benefice Holy Communion at St Peter’s Thurston. Please let anyone know that you feel will be attending the service.
We are now well into our Summer and many of us have been lucky to have early holidays in beautiful and interesting places. I have been to the far West of England. My cousin now lives permanently in Botallack which has become somewhat famous as Poldark is filmed there. It is wild and beautiful with the ghostly remains of the tin mines on the rugged cliffs and sandy beaches in little coves. While I was there we went to the Isles of Scilly for a few days. This is always an experience as we fly from St. Just in a very small plane. The journey only takes 20 minutes and that includes taking off and landing. The only problem can be the weather. The planes do not fly in bad weather and that means you can either be marooned on the Islands or not take off at all in the first place. We were lucky and all went to plan.
Training opportunity in September for anyone who is involved in offering pastoral support in parishes and for those interested in Lay Elder ministry:
This month the choir has had a slightly quieter time than in recent months as there have just been our regular service commitments and no major services to prepare for.
Following the Bangers & Bingo session at The Institute in Gt Barton, on Saturday 29th June, we would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to the magnificent total of £265.00 towards the funds for Holy Innocents’ Church Gt Barton.
June and July seem to be very full and exciting months this year, and even though quite a few people have been away there is lots going on in our churches. I’ve had the privilege to officiate at the first wedding of the year in Holy Innocents’ Church and we’ve had six baptisms this year already in our Benefice, two adults and four children. Sadly, we’ve also had to say farewell to several parishioners at their funerals, but it is always a privilege to be asked to offer support and hope to families at such a difficult time.